Truckee baseball players honored; Chapman, team set new records
Five Truckee High baseball players earned Northern 3A All-League honors for their play during the regular season. The selections were voted on by Northern 3A coaches.
– Senior John Hooper made first-team All-League as an outfielder. Hooper hit .436 in 16 games of league play. A three-sport athlete ” football, basketball and baseball ” Hooper had a .581 slugging percentage with 18 RBIs, two home runs and seven doubles in 55 at-bats.
– Jason Chapman, a senior who transferred from Ukiah High earlier this year, made first-team All-League as a shortstop. Batting leadoff for the Wolverines, Chapman hit .595 in league with a 1.276 slugging percentage. He had 20 RBIs, eight home runs, three triples and four doubles in 47 at-bats. Besides posting team highs in average, slugging percentage, hits, triples and home runs, Chapman also led the team with 19 stolen bases and 31 runs scored.
– Senior Ben Tonon was named to the All-League second team as a pitcher, although he also started in center field. The right-hander struck out 62 batters in 46 innings of work while compiling a 2.89 ERA. Offensively, Tonon hit .312 in league with a .541 slugging percentage, two triples and one home run (he had five home runs overall).
– Sophomore Keven Sahlberg made second-team All-League as a utility player. Sahlberg, the fastest player on the team, stole 12 bases while batting .400 and posting a slugging percentage of .550. The sophomore had 19 RBIs, four doubles and one triple in 40 at-bats.
– Senior Scott Decker made honorable mention as a second baseman, although his primary position is catcher. Hitting No. 2 in the order behind Chapman, Decker led the team in RBIs (22), doubles (7) and walks (10). Decker hit .448 and stole 15 bases ” both second-highest totals on the team ” and had a slugging percentage of .673. He scored 20 runs on 22 hits in 49 at-bats. Truckee head coach Mike Ellis stressed that he feels Decker was deserving of first-team honors.
Truckee senior Jason Chapman has had a monster season. So it’s fitting that the middle infielder played his way into the NIAA record book.
Chapman hit safely in each of the 31 games the Wolverines played ” league and non-league ” to break the greater Nevada record of 25 consecutive games. Galena’s Joe Hooft set that mark in 2000.
There were few times Truckee baseball coach Mike Ellis did not give his players the green light when they reached base.
With a gang of speedy ballplayers granted liberty to advance 90 feet at will, the Truckee High baseball team stole 141 bases in 31 games ” a new greater Nevada record, according to Ellis. Lowry held the previous record of 124, Ellis said.
“It just kind of happened,” Ellis said. “I didn’t know we had so much speed.”
The Wolverines could have added more to that total had senior outfielder John Hooper been healthy, Ellis said. Hooper had a sore hamstring the majority of the season and finished with just four stolen bases.
“It was just Elli (coach Ellis) having confidence in us,” said Keven Sahlberg, who stole 12 bases during league play alone. “That makes you feel like you can play your own game.”
More impressive, the Wolverines stole home nine times on 11 attempts.
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